Weekly Round-Up: Write Your Way Out

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Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we've created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week's posts all in one place.


Who Tells Your Story?

Your fiction shouldn't read like someone else wrote it. Follow two simple tips to make your fiction original.

You may have been inspired by Broadway-hit Hamilton to "write like you need it to survive," but there's more to learn from the titular character than just increased prolificacy. Find out What Fiction Writers Can Learn From Hamilton’s Character Flaws.

Breaking In

There is a lot for new writers to consider, so start with these articles:

For some literal breaking in (or, at least, something a bit closer), make sure you know the differences between crime novels, mystery novels, and thriller novels.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Claire Easton of Painted Words. She is looking for author-illustrated picture books, as well as some middle-grade and young adult manuscripts.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "one" poem.

Challenge yourself by trying out a Welsh poetic form: the cywydd llosgyrnog. If that's not enough for you, here are 11 French poetic forms for you to try.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on Open Books, a bookstore in Seattle that specializes in poetry.


The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.


Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.


Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.


Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.


Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.


Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a future poem.


New Agent Alert: Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.